Formed in late 2004, Codon Devices is still a relative newcomer to the field. But that hasn’t stopped it from shooting to be a leader in the gene synthesis industry — and with a recent deal with ag biotech Agrivida under its belt, the startup is certainly taking steps toward that goal.

With co-founders including George Church, Drew Endy, Jay Keasling, and Joseph Jacobson, it’s no wonder Codon already has a bevy of customers and has also played a critical role in trying to shape the education and regulatory environment surrounding gene synthesis.

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